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Meg Cichon's Blog Posts

- October 10, 2014

Prost! 5 Breweries Embracing Renewable Energy

Love it or hate it, summer is gone and cold weather is creeping its way into our lives. Here in New England, fall brings all sorts of activities, from apple picking to pumpkin patches...

- February 10, 2014

Help Them Help You: IKEA to Donate Solar Lighting to Refugees with Each LED Bulb Purchase

For the 10.5 million refugees around the globe, much of their lives are spent in the dark. This presents a major threat to refugees (half of which are children), and makes daily survival...

- September 30, 2013

Project of the Year Finalists Announced: VOTE NOW for Readers' Choice

It’s that time of year again. We’ve narrowed down the solar, wind, geothermal, hydro and bioenergy finalists for the 2013 Project of the Year awards presented by Power Engineering and...

- July 29, 2013

Out with the Old: A Coal Plant Protest in My Hometown

UPDATE: The owners of Brayton Point announced that the plant will be closing in 2017.  The spewing smokestacks of Brayton Point have always been prominent landmarks in my life. On a...

- April 12, 2013

NREL and DOE Announce 10 Teams for the National Collegiate Wind Competition

Let the competition begin. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released the 10 schools that will compete in the inaugural National...

- March 15, 2013

Big Oil's 100-Year Incentive Birthday Bash Hosted by...Biofuels?

Happy birthday, Big Oil! A group gathered in Washington D.C. this week to celebrate 100 years of tax subsidies for the oil industry – but attendees certainly weren’t oil-industry insiders...

- March 08, 2013

Join the Solar Freedom Cause to Reduce Rooftop Installation Costs by 50%

The issue: Although panel prices have plummeted in the past five years, installling a rooftop system in the U.S. costs twice as much as it does in Germany. The cause: According to Solar...

- January 25, 2013

Soitec Opens CPV Module Manufacturing Facility in San Diego, Calif.

During the bustle of the holiday season, many may have missed a rare occurrence — a CPV module manufacturing plant opened its doors in the U.S. Soitec, known for manufacturing semiconductors,...

- January 25, 2013

Solar Industry Hasn't Forgotten Obama's Promise to Put Solar on White House

It’s a well-known story in the renewable energy scene: President Carter installed solar panels on the White House in 1979, and just seven short years later, his successor President...

- November 08, 2012

Election Notes: Some Renewable Energy Tidbits You May Have Overlooked

President Obama won the re-election. This has been the big global headline for the past two days, and it has allowed the renewable energy industry to let out a huge sigh of relief....

Meg Cichon

Meg Cichon

As associate editor of, I coordinate and edit feature stories, contributed articles, news stories, opinion pieces and blogs. I also research and write content for and REW magazine. I manage...

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